The New York Yankees have already qualified for the playoffs. and seek to secure the division title, having a series against the hated rivals Boston Red Sox winning the first two games; being in addition the search of history on the part of Aaron Judge, who follows in 60 homers, to one of the brand Roger Maris. However, the Judge will have to wait at least one more day, since he found his ‘nemesis’ on the mound: Rich Hill.
Although Rich Hill did not have the best start this Friday by allowing four runs against the Yankees in 5 worked innings, leaving without a decision thanks to Alex Verdugo tying the game in the sixth after leaving him behind, he did dominate Aaron Judge, whom he struck out on two occasions and did not let him hit the coveted 61st home run, challenging him and defeating him with his slow pitches.
In fact, Hill is so veteran that he is the only active pitcher still in MLB who has faced Judge’s idol, Barry Bonds, and the Judge; And not only that, he is the only pitcher who had duels with the two powerful sluggers and neither was allowed to homer, dominating them in their individual confrontations.
He faced Bonds 6 times in his career and he only allowed one double, that is, giving the Home Run King two walks. In the case of Judge, Hill has faced him 7 times and has allowed him two hits, including a double, in addition to striking out twice.
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MLB: The only pitcher to face Aaron Judge and Barry Bonds and ‘live to tell the tale’